This year marks the 40th anniversary of the 1982 Israel-Lebanon war, an event with considerable relevance to today's Middle East. The war resulted in the expulsion of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) from Lebanon, which eventually led to the Oslo Accord of 1993-1995 between Israel and the PLO. The war also marked the emergence of Hezbollah as an implacable foe of Israel.
University Professor Moshe Y. Vardi, a Baker Institute Rice faculty scholar and the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering at Rice, served in the Israeli Defense Forces during the war. Vardi will tell the story of this pivotal event from the perspective of one who fought in it.
4:00 p.m. — Presentation
4:45 p.m. — Discussion
5:00 p.m. — Q&A
This event is free, but registration is required. Registration will open closer to the day of the event.
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Moshe Y. Vardi is a Baker Institute Rice Faculty Scholar and the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering at Rice, where he leads the Technology, Culture and Society Initiative.
His interests focus on automated reasoning, a branch of artificial intelligence with broad applications to computer science, including machine learning, database theory, computational-complexity theory, knowledge in multi-agent systems, computer-aided verification, and teaching logic across the curriculum.
Vardi is the recipient of three IBM Outstanding Innovation Awards, the ACM SIGACT Goedel Prize, the ACM Kanellakis Award, the ACM SIGMOD Codd Award, the Blaise Pascal Medal, the IEEE Computer Society Goode Award, the EATCS Distinguished Achievements Award, the Southeastern Universities Research Association's Distinguished Scientist Award and the ACM SIGLOG Church Award.
He is the author and co-author of over 600 papers, as well as two books: "Reasoning About Knowledge" and "Finite Model Theory and Its Applications." He is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Mathematical Society, the Association for Computing Machinery, the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science, the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
In addition, he is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Science, the European Academy of Science and Academia Europaea.
Vardi holds six honorary doctorates as well as a B.Sc. in physics and computer science (summa cum laude) from Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel; and an M.Sc. in computer science from Feinberg Graduate School, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovoth, Israel.
Allen Matusow, Ph.D.
Academic Affairs Director, Baker Institute for Public Policy